Peace-VII: Dancing with the Heartbeats of Citizens

Youxin Yang's avatar Youxin Yang

Artist Statement for Peace-series of Paintings: Not interested in becoming an activist, for which the term would disappear, if the world was peaceful enough for every citizen of the planet to enjoy and focus on life without distraction and disruption. However, when warmongers and egos are concerned with their own political legacy, without truly considering if that is the best choice for citizens, who may actually suffer as a consequence. It is time, when even fine artists are distracted from focusing on their passion, and are motivated to give their own voices for peace. I’m trying to give my tiny one, from the perspective as a citizen of the planet. Artistically, I experiment in creating a layer between the portraits and viewers, in order to make the portraits more vibrant and communicative to viewers. Such layers can be composed of oil pastels on acrylics, or transparent Chinese watercolors on oils. In particular, more lines are cautiously and reasonably drawn to create the visual effects of movement of the portraits. The most painful voices, so far, for my Peace-series of paintings, is “Peace-VI Boston Marathon 2013.” I painted with a broken heart, the three lovely and beautiful young people tragically killed. They just wanted to enjoy life, having fun celebrating a social activity, which is a common and simple need for you and me as citizens. Totally unaware of a moment when they became victims of short or long term consequence of politicians, which they had nothing to do with. To prevent such tragedies, leaders, those who dedicated their lives to making the world a better place and not for personal aggrandizement are desperately needed. This is why “Peace-VII: Dancing with Heartbeats of Citizens” was created. Although experiencing challenges of techniques and skills in how to make these Giants dance happily and naturally, I enormously enjoy, and am even addicted to painting them. I’m expecting to paint more Peace-making Giants, and hopefully no more victims.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Oil pastel, acrylic, and Chinese watercolor on canvas
  • Width: 98 inches
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 68 inches